The Thriving Communities Fund will support local voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise projects that bring together place-based partnerships to improve and increase the range and reach of available social prescribing community activities – especially for those people most impacted by COVID19 and health inequalities.
Partnerships supported by the fund will come together to plan and deliver community activities involving partners from:
- the arts, creativity and culture (including museums and libraries)
- financial wellbeing
- community advice
- and the wider voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise sector.
Funded activities will increase social connectedness and help communities cope with the impact of COVID19. By working with those communities most impacted by the COVID19 pandemic, including Black, Asian and ethnically diverse communities, the projects we will fund will help to:
- strengthen the range of social prescribing activities offered locally
- enhance collaboration and networking between local organisations
- enable social prescribing link workers to connect people to more creative community activities and services.
Grants of between £25,000-£50,000 are available. Projects within the Thriving Communities Fund will run for a year including planning and delivery time. They are expected to commence on 15 March 2021, and end on 31 March 2022.
This Fund, totalling £1.4 million is being delivered by Arts Council England and has been made possible by the National Academy for Social Prescribing (contributing £1.15m from the Department of Health and Social Care) and Arts Council England (providing £250k from the National Lottery). Other strategic partners to the programme include NHS England and NHS Improvement, Sport England, Natural England, the Office for Civil Society, the Money & Pensions Service and NHS Charities Together.
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